I know I’m not the only one that has a hard time staying productive while working from home.
I think having a space away from home where you can go and be productive is great – mine is my school library. But I’m such a homebody I love working from the comfort of my own four walls – i just find it extremely difficult to actually get anything done sometimes.
I know you know the feeling.
Whenever you sit down with full determination to get on top of your game, but your mind just continuously wanders.
you I end up snacking, napping or binge watching random shows on Netflix.
Well, I’m here to help & give you some tips on how to stay productive while working from home.
Designate A Workspace For Yourself
Do not try to stay in the bed and get work done.
I’ve been guilty of this
a few times a lot, like right now… as I write this post.
But don’t judge me, I’ve just moved and haven’t set up a desk area for myself in my room yet.
But once I do i will not be doing any work from the bed. Its just too comfortable. Plus, going to a work area, even if it is just a desk you’ve set up in your room gives you a sense of separation from work and downtime.
By making this a habit, you train your mind and body to know when it is time to work and when it is leisure time. You’ll find that you don’t have to compromise one for the other down the line because you’ve built those boundaries for yourself.
& Don’t get me wrong.
There’s nothing with working from the bed every once in awhile. But it shouldn’t be a consistent habit. We can’t fool ourselves into thinking we can work at our maximum potential surrounded by pillows and soft cotton.
Shower and Get Dressed
I know. Super basic and common sense. But if you’re working from home its easy to just wake up and get to it.
If you actually shower and get dressed it helps mentally prepare you for the day. It’s super necessary to put your mind in work mode and its easier to do that if you take the same steps you would as if you were leaving and going to an actual office.
Just stop everything you’re doing right now and go ahead and get this done.
I’ll wait 🙂
Isn’t it funny how when you sit down to get stuff done you start remembering all of the house chores that need to get done like the laundry, dishes, etc. Go ahead and get that done before you start working to avoid that distraction.
You will continuously think about it throughout the day if you don’t so let this be one of the first things you do before starting your work day.
Set A Mood
I basically have to have candles burning at all times. It just adds to the overall mood and ambiance of my space (plus i love smell goods). Pleasant smells put me in such a good mood and they are very calming as well.
Maybe its not candles but if you know natural light increases your productivity, work where there is plenty of sunshine coming in, or if music gets your creativity going make a playlist specifically for your work hours.
Found out the atmosphere in which you work best and create that for yourself within your home.
I am the queen of having 20 (literally 20) tabs open at a time. Its so easy for my mind to wander. I’ll be in the middle of trying to right a blog post and suddenly i’ll find myself on youtube – and before I know it I’ve spent the next two hours catching up on vlogs. The reality is that you are your biggest distraction. I recommend doing whatever is necessary to keep your focused intensity while you work.
There’s something called WasteNoTime which is an extension for Safari and Google Chrome. It allows you to block certain websites at certain times to ensure you don’t get distracted and go into “let me open 10 tabs to take my mind off of this work” mode. I highly recommend it!
Turn your phone on silent & log off of your social media accounts; this will be the difference between you getting just a few things done and getting everything you want done. The less distractions the better. Turn on your tunnel vision and focus your attention on one task at a time until you knock everything off of your to do list.
What are some of your tips for staying productive while working from home?